Every Day is a Snow Day

Hardly a day goes by when I’m not asked how retirement is going. It’s great, for sure, and I’m extremely

The Rhythm of Grandparenting

In 2016, I spent four months as a teaching fellow in Vietnam. On the walk to school in my Hanoi

Why I Protest

What do you protest? Why do you protest?

Go for Broke

What I learned about Japanese American Incarceration and today’s struggles for justice I had the privilege of attending the National

The Speech I Never Gave at My Retirement Party

I am so grateful for having been able to celebrate my retirement from middle school teaching with more than eighty

Tia Pepper

I think it was my son Ricardo who came up with the nickname “Pepper” for my friend Pat. He didn’t

The Best Parts of Traveling

It felt so good to be traveling again, but what made this trip so great? What do I like most


“Use your flashlights and watch out for the dangerous snakes.” That was the advice we received when going for an

Beautiful Antigua

We were fortunate to have a smooth trip from San Juan La Laguna to Antigua, first by catching a boat

Where to now, Tim?

A guest post from Vicky Ann Okay, Tim, where are you taking me? Waiting for our shuttle driver who never


I’m impressed with how my traveling companion has picked up some Spanish and is not afraid to use it. One

A Very Good Friday

“Something big is about to happen.” Vicky Ann enjoys reminding me, through uncontrollable laughter, that I said this in church

Finding Paradise

There have been moments in the past twenty-four hours where I thought, “Is this too much?” It has been a

What have you learned?

Thirty-four years ago Every now and then, I am reminded of of Malik, a seventh-grade student I taught as a

Grappling with new learning on the Civil Rights Trail

My trip to Alabama included visits to several more sites that taught me about this period in history and left


History sometimes gets jumbled up in my mind. I don’t always remember dates and details. That was the case with